No Legal Backing For Election Results Transmission Electronically ― Keyamo
Members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Legal team has disclosed that electronic transmission of results is not recognized by Electoral law or Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC]’s guide lines.
Speaking on behalf of Legal team, Festus Keyamo said that Videos of some INEC officials talking about transmission of results electronically is for the entertainment purpose.
He added that Courts are only guided by INEC’s guidelines or Electoral Act not such videos.
Keyamo, who spoke through his twitter handle, said:
“Without referring to any particular pending Election Petition, there’s a need to generally guide Nigerians not to gullibly fall for the fantasy created by any video circulating where INEC official(s) spoke of INEC’s plan to electronically transmit results before the elections.
“The video(s) of some INEC official(s) expressing intention to electronically transmit results are only circulated for entertainment.
“That procedure is neither contained in the Electoral Act nor in INEC’s Guidelines. Courts are only guided by these documents and not such videos.
“Also, what you plan to do may be different from what you ACTUALLY DID.
“Assuming INEC planned to transmit electronically, the moment it said after the election that it did not do so, the matter ends there especially as the Electoral Act & the Guidelines do not allow it to do so
“In anticipation of the electronic transmission, some crooks concocted fictitious results and perhaps in connivance with certain INEC insiders (or by hacking) tried to upload those results into the server.
“The fact that electronic transmission didn’t happen destroyed their plan.
“The irony is that the real cheats are the ones struggling to create a narrative that they were cheated; the real crooks are the ones struggling to convince everyone that the system is crooked; those who actually planned to steal the people’s mandate are the ones crying foul.”